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The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) recognizes the challenge of providing nutritious meals to children and adults everyday while trying to keep up with the numerous changes, flexibilities, and nationwide waivers that have gone into effect over the past several months. As part of receiving the national waivers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires program operators to have a written plan in place to ensure program integrity while operating under numerous COVID-19 waivers. The NSD has developed a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Integrity Plan guide to support program operators.

When operating under the various waivers, program operators are required to maintain written procedures that outline plans to ensure the integrity of the CACFP while serving and distributing meals to a child or adult during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CACFP Integrity Plan guide assists program operators in the development of standard operating procedures (integrity plan) and helps identify some of the required documents program operators must collect and maintain to meet CACFP requirements while implementing the nationwide waivers. This guide also provides prompting questions that program operators should consider and answer when developing an integrity plan to ensure their procedures and documents address and meet all CACFP requirements related to preparing, serving, distributing and claiming meals served to children in their CACFP.

Additionally, the USDA Policy Memorandum SP 05-2021, CACFP 04-2021, SFSP 04-2021: Questions and Answers relating to the Nationwide Waiver to Allow Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option Operations during School Year 2020–21 was issued on January 5, 2021. Question Number 2 addresses flexibilities during the pandemic to the federal requirements for maintaining attendance records for At-risk Centers in accordance with Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 226.17a(o)(1). This policy memo is available on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab..

The CACFP Integrity Plan Guide is attached to this email and is available on the Resources tab of the CDE COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs web page. It is also available in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) External link opens in new window or tab., Form ID CACFP 91.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact your Field Services Unit (FSU) Child Nutrition Consultant (CNC). The FSU CNC list is available in the Download Forms section of the CNIPSExternal link opens in new window or tab., Form ID Caseload.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
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